Tom Petty’s infamous quote about college is embedded in the minds of almost every college student.
“You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You’ll never remember class time, but you’ll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don’t have. Drink ’til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does…”
The part that sticks out the most for junior Jennie Hueneman today is Petty’s advice to go out with your friends the night before a paper is due.
“I wish I could’ve done that! But that’s really hard to do when my paper is supposed to be almost 20 pages long,” Hueneman complained.
Hueneman is double majoring in criminal justice and psychology. She was assigned to write a paper for her criminological theory class, in which she was to apply the routine activities theory to her everyday life.
For Hueneman, this is the longest paper she’s ever had to write for her collegiate career. As a self-proclaimed procrastinator, she’s found writing this paper to be a bit of an uphill battle.
“There are just a lot of different factors playing into writing this. It’s the end of the school year and everyone is starting to get burnt out. No one wants to write this lengthy of a paper,” Hueneman said.
There were quite a few distractions that occurred throughout the night that wasn’t very helpful for Hueneman to write her paper either. She decided to get her work done at her house instead of finding a quiet place at the library. Hueneman claimed her roommates would come in and bother her every so often, which continued to hinder her concentration.No Comments
Angela Iannucci is one of the hardworking members of the University of Dayton’s rescue squad. As a senior, she has worked on squad for the past three years. Her shifts range can range up to 12 hours. While on shift at the squad house, which is located at 214 Lawnview Ave., she passes time by hanging out with fellow squad members until there is an emergency.
Amy DeOliveira, another squad member and a sophomore majoring in pre-medicine, notes that the house is very clam until the siren goes off.
“When the alarm goes off, everyone jumps into action,” Amy DeOliveira said.
The certified EMT’s respond to calls that range from being as serious as a heart attack to as minor as a stomachache.
“The most common call we get are for injuries like sprained ankles at the Rec Plex,” said Angela Iannucci. During a 12-hour shift there can be as many as five calls or none at all, depending on the night.
The recent change in weather has also had a great affect on the frequency of calls.
“The nice weather and people being outside has increased the amount of risky behavior [as well as] the amount of injuries,” Iannucci said.
Squad members are all certified EMT’s who are also regularly attending UD students. They are unpaid and provide free services to people on campus. The responsibilities of squad members range from driving their new state of the art ambulance, to providing medical care to people in need.
The members of the squad have provided services to countless UD students, however members note that the favorite part of their job is the relationships they have made with other squad members.
“I have made lifelong friends on squad. We have a bond that many other people don’t because we have to depend on each other,” Iannucci said.
The members of the rescue squad depend work as a team in order to save lives, which is what makes their bonds so strong. A day in the life of a University of Dayton Rescue Squad team member is never the same, however the one constant is the friendships you will find within the program.No Comments
It may not be the nicest house on campus, and it’s certainly not the cleanest, but 1439 Frericks Way might be the most fun house at the University of Dayton.
The house traditionally holds 10 to 12 junior and senior undergraduate students, and this year is no exception. Twelve guys live at the house this year and they come from all over the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic — Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis; this diverse group of guys mesh perfectly.
The house may be best known for the nightlife it produces, and the guys are known around campus as the guys always trying to have a good time, but the boys do much more than go out on the weekends.
“It’s hard to walk by the house and not see someone outside on the porch,” 1439 Frericks resident Timothy Cribbin said. “I love it when all of us are outside throwing the baseball around, listening to music and grilling out on the barbeque.”
The aspect of community is something that UD is well known for. The guys at 1439 Frericks demonstrate this idea every day and welcome in just about anyone that wants to come hang out in between and after classes.
“On an average day, I’d say we see about 20 to 25 different faces walk in to our house,” resident Ross Songer said. “I like the idea of having an open-door policy; it brings out a great sense of community.”
On a gloomy day like today, you can find the guys sitting inside watching the Masters golf tournament and doing homework outside on the porch. As people walk into the house they are greeted with high-fives and an open seat on the couch.
“I couldn’t imagine living in another house on campus,” Jordan Milkie said. “These guys are my best friends and I love that we can balance academics and still have the time of our lives.”
As the year comes to a close, the guys are working hard to keep their grades up and are focusing on spending the remaining weeks hanging out and having fun.
With the simple press of a button, UDIT can fix all your problems. Computer problems, that is.
The University of Dayton Information Technologies (UDIT) is a widely used university service. The computer business is here to help remove viruses, add software, update computers, fix projectors, help with mobile apps, and fix anything else computer related.
Clayton Kindred, a senior at UD who doubles as a student manager at UDIT, can testify to how busy the company is.
“We help out with about 50 or 60 computers per week, so we do 10 to 15 per day,” Kindred said.
Sophomore Kaitlin Knife agrees that they are always working on something. “If we are not working on a computer, we are making phone calls or training for a new update,” she said.
Not only are they swamped at work, but their personal lives are busy as well. Most of the workers double as full-time students.
“If you want to balance work and school, you really have to stick to your schedule,” Knife said.
The two student computer whizzes claim that there is no real typical day at UDIT. Most days, they deal with several computer problems. Others, they make classroom calls to fix software. And some days have a little bit of everything, including computer crises.
“The worst part about the job is when I have to tell someone that there is no help for their computer. That it is just dead. And of course, this seems to happen when it is crunch time during finals week,” Kindred laments.
But there are more funny stories than sad ones at UDIT. The workers said they will sometimes find dead animals in the desktop computers including frogs, rats and bugs. They also tend to see a lot of personal “TMI” information while cleaning out the systems.
Even though these computer whizzes are always busy with work and school, they are happy to help.
“I love my job,” Kindred said. “I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.”No Comments
University of Dayton junior Jenna Naber gets a sense of community when she runs through the student neighborhood. Today she had an even bigger sense of family as sister Mallory came into town to run 18 miles with her, part of a training regimen before a benefit marathon.
“I love running through the Ghetto, especially when the weather is nice and students are on their porches hanging out,” Naber said.
Training for half and full marathons in college is a challenge for Naber, but she encouraged one triplet sister and an older sister to join her, and they did.
“Jenna encouraged me to run with her and I enjoy running through the student neighborhoods just as much as she does,” said big sister Mallory.
The three sisters have raised money to support their travel expenses as well as the LLS Foundation from a family friend. The three of them are all training for a full marathon in Nashville on April 27.
Naber, a pre-physical therapy major, played field hockey for four years in high school and decided to continue playing in college, but her passion for field hockey was becoming limited. Not having enough time for practice and games, she decided to just give up the sport and turn to running.
Naber picked up running her sophomore year and enjoys running as much as she did field hockey but with the benefit of running on her own time while balancing school, family and friends. Naber enjoys running outside much more than laps around and around the track, and can rarely get a treadmill when she goes.
“I found myself running 8 to 10 miles a day,” Naber said. “That’s when I realized I should support the cause of leukemia and lymphoma.”No Comments
To the students of the University of Dayton, it is another spring day on campus. Casual rain drops, tulips seen sprouting on their walk to class, and wrapping up last-minute projects before semester finals. To the men on the University of Dayton soccer team, it’s the last few weeks on campus to prepare for the fall season.
In the life of a men’s soccer player, the spring is a time for the athletes to prepare for the fall season. A typical Tuesday/Thursday practice is from noon to 1 p.m. Practice usually involves technical skill work and team drills that will prepare the players for the fall 2013 season.
Their dedication to the university is an inspiration to students around campus, says their captain.
“Being a Dayton soccer player is so much more than just playing soccer,” said John Howe, captain of the men’s soccer team. “It is a full-time commitment to representing the school and your coaches teammates and yourself in the best possible manner. As athletes, we are looked at more closely than other students.”
As a team, the players are continuously involved in community service around campus. The men have won The Flyer Challenge for two years in a row. Flyer Challenge is a competition between all Dayton athletic teams that tracks community service, attending other Dayton sporting events, and academic progress. As players for the university, their job is to service the school and represent the Dayton community by excelling on the field and in the classroom.
“I love to play soccer because I love the game,” Brian Alvarez, a junior midfielder on the team, said. “But I also love it because I love representing my school, my teammates and my coaches. I feel as if I am apart of something special and that something is much bigger than myself.”
Come out and support the Flyers Saturday, April 13, as they take on Ohio Dominican at 11 a.m. and Bowling Green at 1:30 p.m. on Baujan Field.
Many college students would not plan their summer around traveling to India to build solar-powered refrigerators to house vaccines in.
But, today Charlie Weikert begins planning that very kind of mission to India with the University of Dayton’s engineering school’s Ethos program. This isn’t the first time he has gone on a service trip with the program so this time he knows what to expect.
The Ethos program at UD offers engineers a way to gain experience by allowing students to help with the development of technologies in foreign countries. They strive to help students think creatively and independently while attempting to accomplish their goals. The students are able to carry out their social responsibilities as engineers in a way that benefits others.
Weikert is working on his expense report that will guide him while he lives in India this summer. This is not a simple task but is necessary if he is going to be away for the whole summer. Along with his expense report he is planning a presentation on safety that he will deliver to his group.
“There is a lot of planning that goes into a trip like this one,” Weikert said. “I still have to do so much to prepare and the trip is really not that far away at all.”
The group is also conscious that the introduction of new technologies to regions of the world can come as a shock.
According to Beth Heart, a professor in the Ethos program, the challenge of their task is to bring technologies that will be able to be maintained by the local people after they are gone. If they bring too much change to the country then the people might become resistant.
The planning that goes into an international trip like this one is necessary to the trips success. The steps Weikert is taking now will pay off in the coming months while in India.No Comments
Marycrest Dining Hall is buzzing with students grabbing lunch, energy drinks, and for some, breakfast. There is a table adorned with a blue tablecloth, flowers and pictures of smiling college students. The letters Theta Phi Alpha are strewn across the front of the table and a smiling blonde is informing first-year students of the opportunities that a values-based sorority can offer them. She collects their contact information in hopes that they will become initiated sisters in the fall.
“We like to put ourselves out there in the students’ everyday lives to make sure they know we are an option,” Melissa LeMay ’15 said.
Each year, the sisters of Theta Phi Alpha recruit first-year students and transfer students.
“We like to meet at least 50 potential new members,” Melissa said. “We hold table hours at various locations across campus a couple times a month.”
The more students who stop by to learn about the sorority, the more excited Melissa becomes. Melissa, a sophomore French and communication major, is Theta Phi Alpha’s recruitment chair. She claims it has started to consume a large majority of her time.
The University of Dayton has six values-based sororities. They are welcoming another in the fall as the Greek community continues to have record-breaking recruitment numbers each semester. The motto of Theta Phi Alpha is, “Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring,” and has proven true with their work on recruiting new members.
Spring is here at the University of Dayton! This means that senioritis has kicked in, full throttle. Classrooms are looking emptier by the day.
The skip days that students have been saving for nice weather are certainly being utilized. Seniors especially are skipping more classes than the rest.
“My teachers don’t take attendance,” Lukas Svedin ’13, said with a smirk.
Svedin skipped his noon class today to bond with his senior buddies and shoot some hockey pucks.
“We only have a few more weeks together, so why not skip some classes and kick back with our best friends?” Justin Covino ’13, said.
The University of Dayton is fondly known for its sense of community. The senior class has built outstanding friendships on this campus over the past four years. They want to jam as much fun as possible into their last month as college kids.
Svedin and Covino have jobs lined up for after graduation. They have both upheld high GPAs that have maintained their scholarships during their time here at UD. There is little motivation for them to go to every class, especially when many of their professors don’t even take attendance.
Now that it is finally starting to get warm, one will notice fewer students in the classroom, and more students outside. Whether they are playing sports, soaking up some rays, or just chit-chatting, the seniors are making it their mission to enjoy their last month at UD the way they want to—and still pass their classes, of course.